Charles spent the last 2 weeks in the field for an FTX (field training exercise). While he was out there, the battalion invited the families of the soldiers out to the field to see what they do on a daily basis. I was actually really excited about this. Charles explains what his job is all the time but it never really makes sense. With the family field day, I was able to physically see what he was talking about which made me more interesting.
We made it out to the field about 9:30 on a Tuesday morning. It was already 100 degrees outside. They had bleachers and a tent set up to help shield us from the sun. While we waited for the 'boom booms', as Autumn calls them, we listened to the LTC explain what was going on and a few other things. After Alpha battery shot the Paladins, we were able to walk around the explore all the different military vehicles they had out there. Autumn loved this part of the day. She even cried when I told her it was time to move on to the next vehicle. If I put her down to walk, she would just run back to the next vehicle.
Autumn also loved watching/listening to the 'boom booms'. She was constantly pointing out into the field/mountain and yelling 'boom boom'. She clapped just about everytime she heard it. I did have a hard time keeping her ear protection on but I know she had to have been misserable since it was so hot out there.
We left around noon and headed to work/school and stayed in the AC for the rest of the day! I think that this experience was awesome and im thankful that the battalion was able to offer it to us.